Officers & Executives

Officers & Executives


    Carnival plc Director since 2003

    Mr. Arison has been Chair of the Board of Directors of Carnival Corporation since 1990. He has been Chair of the Board of Directors of Carnival plc since 2003. He was Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation (formerly known as Carnival Cruise Lines) from 1979 to 2013 and was Chief Executive Officer of Carnival plc from 2003 to 2013.

    Board Committees: Executive (Chair)

    Other Public Company Boards: None

    Mr. Arison’s qualifications to serve on the Boards include his decades of leadership experience with Carnival Corporation & plc, as well as in-depth knowledge of our business, our history and the cruise industry, all gained through more than 45 years of service with our companies.
    Carnival Corporation Director since 2001 

    Carnival plc Director since 2003

    Mr. Donald has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation & plc since 2013. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of The Executive Leadership Council, a professional network of African-American executives of major U.S. companies, from 2010 to 2012. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International from 2006 to 2008. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Donald was the Chair of the Board of Merisant Company, a manufacturer and marketer of tabletop sweetener products, including the Equal® and Canderel® brands. From 2000 to 2003, he was also the Chief Executive Officer of Merisant Company. From 1998 to 2000, he was Senior Vice-President of Monsanto Company, a company which develops agricultural products and consumer goods, and President of its nutrition and consumer sector. Prior to that he was President of Monsanto Company’s agricultural sector. He previously served as a Director of Oil-Dri Corporation of America from 1997 to 2013, The Laclede Group, Inc. from 2003 to 2014 and Crown Holdings, Inc. from 1999 to 2019.

    Board Committees: Executive

    Other Public Company Boards: Bank of America Corporation (since 2013)

    Mr. Donald’s qualifications to serve on the Boards include his broad leadership and other executive skills gained through his prior executive leadership experience with a Fortune-100 science-based research and development, manufacturing and marketing company, a privately held company with global operations, and as head of a large international research-based not-for-profit corporation. He also has broad experience in corporate governance, having served as a Director, past and present, of a number of other publicly-traded companies.

    Josh Weinstein became the Chief Operations Officer of Carnival Corporation in June, 2020.   Reporting to Carnival Corporation President and CEO Arnold Donald, Weinstein’s responsibilities include oversight of major operational functions including global maritime, global ports and destinations, global sourcing, global IT and global auditing.   In addition, Weinstein retains oversight of Carnival UK, the operating company for P&O Cruises and Cunard.

    Josh Weinstein served as president of Carnival UK from July 2017 - 2020.  Weinstein was responsible for overseeing both P&O Cruises and Cunard, and reported to Stein Kruse, Group CEO of Holland America Group and Carnival UK.  The Southampton-based Carnival UK executive team reports to Weinstein.

    Weinstein served as treasurer for Carnival Corporation from 2007 to 2017 following five years as an attorney in the corporate legal department. In addition to his treasury role, Weinstein’s responsibilities increased over his career to include oversight of the tax, risk management and FP&A functions.

    Prior to joining Carnival Corporation, he served as a corporate attorney.

    He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the New York University School of Law. A native of New York, Weinstein and his wife have three children.

    Stein is appointed to a new role of Senior Advisor to the CEO and to the Chair. The new role provides the company with an opportunity to further leverage Stein’s expertise and skills, providing widespread benefits to the company. Stein Kruse was promoted to Group CEO of Holland America Group and Carnival UK in July 2017. Kruse works closely with Michael Thamm, Group CEO of Costa Group and Carnival Asia, to build on the collaborations with Carnival Europe and Asia Technology and Carnival Maritime Nautical to support the ships of AIDA, Costa Cruises, Costa Asia, Cunard and P&O Cruises and to identify other collaborative opportunities.

    Kruse became Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Group in December 2013. In that capacity, he had full operating responsibility of Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and Holland America Princess Alaska Tours. He was president and chief executive officer of Holland America Line from 2004 to November 2013.

    Kruse joined Holland America Line in 1999 as senior vice president, fleet operations with overall responsibility for all Holland America Line's operations. Kruse joined Holland America Line from "K" Line America, where he was senior vice president and chief financial officer. He also oversaw financial activities in seven U.S. subsidiary companies for the global Japanese shipping company and served on the company’s board of directors.

    Prior to that, Kruse held several executive positions in the cruise industry. He was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and president and CEO for Seven Seas Cruise Line.

    He is a former vice chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and presently serves as a director on the board of the United States Coast Guard Foundation and on the board of governors of the World Trade Center Seattle. Kruse, a native of Oslo, Norway, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.
    Peter C. Anderson joined Carnival Corporation & plc as Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer in August 2019.

    In this newly created role, Anderson directs strategy for and drives a culture of compliance and integrity that ensures adherence to legal and statutory requirements, company policies, and the highest ethical principles. He also leads the effort to develop a well-resourced, effective, and well-integrated compliance program, that will be built upon compliance risk, innovative compliance training, robust investigations, open communications, and continuous improvements. This ethics and compliance program will involve the collective efforts of the compliance leaders throughout the operating lines, as well as the company’s 120,000 employees around the world, and will help advance the company’s commitment to environmental performance, safety, health, security, and overall compliance.

    Anderson is a former federal prosecutor with over 20 years of experience in corporate compliance. Prior to joining Carnival Corporation, he had previously been the head of the White Collar and Compliance Group at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, PC. Anderson also led the environmental compliance team on the Volkswagen monitorship.

    After studying law at the University of Virginia, Anderson clerked for a federal district judge in Charlotte, N.C., before joining the Honors Program at the Environmental Crimes Section at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He later became an Assistant United States Attorney in Charlotte. After leaving government service, Pete’s law practice involved both reactive defense and proactive compliance counseling services. He was also an adjunct professor at the Charlotte School of Law from 2010-15, teaching classes in fields including environmental law, corporate compliance, federal criminal law and compliance risk assessments.

    Anderson received his Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. He was previously board-certified in corporate compliance through the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and is a frequent guest lecturer on a variety of corporate compliance issues and best practices.
    David Bernstein has been chief financial officer for Carnival Corporation & plc since 2007. He has also been chief accounting officer since April 2016. In this capacity, Bernstein oversees all accounting, planning, treasury, insurance, tax and investor relations functions, as well as global casino operations. 

    Bernstein joined the Corporate organization as vice president and treasurer in July 2003 after serving as chief financial officer of the company's Cunard and Seabourn operating unit for five years. 

    Prior to joining Carnival Corporation & plc, he spent seven years at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. where he held various financial posts, including assistant treasurer, assistant controller and director of corporate planning. 

    Bernstein received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1983.
    William Burke, retired Vice Admiral, joined Carnival Corporation & plc in December of 2013, as the Chief Maritime Officer, where he heads the Maritime Policy Department, which is responsible for driving the company’s commitment to safety. 

    A native of Hornell, N.Y., Burke graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and completed a Master of Business Administration at Marymount University. He earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington, D.C. and is also a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar 21 Program in International Politics.

    Burke served on five submarines including command of USS Toledo (SSN 769). He commanded Submarine Squadron Two from July 2001 to July 2003.

    His Washington D.C. assignments include tours in the Attack Submarine Division, Navy Office of Legislative Affairs, Joint Chiefs of Staff directorate for Combating Terrorism, Navy Warfighting Assessments Branch, and as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

    Burke’s flag assignments include Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Commander, Task Force 73/Commander Navy Region Singapore; Director, Assessment Division, Director, Quadrennial Defense Review, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems.
    Roger Frizzell joined Carnival Corporation & plc as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications & Chief Communications Officer on June 24, 2013. 

    Frizzell serves as Carnival Corporation’s chief communications officer, handling all corporate-level communications and public relations activities for the world's largest cruise company, which is the parent company of ten global cruise lines providing extraordinary vacations at exceptional value for millions of people around the world. He has responsibility for corporation’s local, state and federal governmental relations and the Carnival Foundation. Frizzell reports to Arnold W. Donald, President & Chief Executive Officer for Carnival Corporation. 

    Prior to Carnival Corporation, Frizzell was vice president of corporate communications and chief communications officer for Pacific Gas & Electric in San Francisco. During the course of his 30-year career, Frizzell has served as Vice President of Corporate Communications & Advertising at American Airlines for nearly a decade, and has held high-level communications positions at Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies and AT&T. He also played a leading communications role in the successful effort to keep wrestling in the Olympics. 

    Frizzell and his teams have won more than 150 awards, including the National Golden Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators and PR Week’s Corporate Public Relations Team of the Year. Frizzell was inducted into the PR News Hall of Fame in 2011 and named by the Holmes Report as one of the top chief communications officers in the public relations industry. 

    Frizzell is a Distinguished Alumni at the University of Oklahoma, where he was a four-time NCAA All-American in wrestling and an Academic All-American. He is married and has five children. 
    Enrique “Rick” Miguez has been General Counsel since March 2021, responsible for the legal affairs of Carnival Corporation & plc. He previously served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Carnival Corporation since 2003, following his tenure as Assistant General Counsel with the company from 1997 to 2003.

    Prior to joining Carnival, Miguez worked in corporate and international maritime law for White & Case, as well as McDermott Will & Emery.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in 1985 and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1988.
    Jerry Montgomery joined Carnival Corporation & plc in March of 2011, as Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing corporate human resource management strategies across our worldwide organization, which includes offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

    Prior to joining Carnival Corporation & plc, Montgomery was the president and founder of the Orlando Strategy Group, a consulting firm focused on labor relations, human resources, corporate social responsibility and sustainability programs. Prior to founding the Orlando Strategy Group, Montgomery served The Walt Disney Company throughout a 30 year career in progressive human resources, public affairs, and corporate social responsibility roles.

    He is an active volunteer and community contributor and served as the vice chairman of the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District, appointed by Governor Charlie Crist. He presently is the Chairman of the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

    He graduated from Harvard with his Bachelors of Arts degree, and earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College. 

    Arnaldo Perez has been Company Secretary since 1995. He served as General Counsel from 1995 to March 2021, having previously served as Assistant General Counsel since 1992.

    Prior to joining Carnival, Perez worked as a corporate transactional lawyer at several law firms in Miami, including Finley Kumble Wagner and Baker & McKenzie.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Miami in 1982 and a Juris Doctor (JD) from Columbia University in 1985.

    Greg Sullivan became Chief Information Officer of Carnival Corporation in December 2018 following two years as Vice President of Information Technology with the company. With more than 30 years experience in the effective application of information technology, he is a recognized expert in positioning companies as premier software development, information technology strategy and cybersecurity organizations.

    Over an 11-year period prior to joining the company, Sullivan served as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Global Velocity, Inc., a cybersecurity startup focused on information-centric security in the enterprise and cloud. He led the company from the research and development stage to commercialization of intellectual property developed at the Washington University in St. Louis McKelvey School of Engineering.

    In 1982, Sullivan founded G.A. Sullivan, a global software development services company that grew to more than 350 employees. As CEO, he established growth and led daily operations of the industry leader. He sold the firm to Avanade, a Microsoft/Accenture joint venture, in 2003.

    He was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Hamilton & Sullivan, Ltd, providing microcomputer software and services to the financial industry from 1985-1997. The company created the first online banking system for business-to-business transactions for banks to move into the digital era. He personally developed more than a dozen microcomputer-based banking applications, which were the first of their kind in an emerging industry.

    Sullivan co-authored a series of four books on computers and his industry recognition includes Inc. 500; Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year; State of Missouri Technology Company of the Year; and United States Small Business Association Small Business Person of the Year.

    He earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Science and Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis and has been a member of the Washington University McKelvey School of Engineering National Council and past president of the school’s Alumni Advisory Council.


    Felix Eichhorn has been President of AIDA Cruises since September 1, 2015.

    Eichhorn studied Business Management at the Economic Academy Hamburg. The native of Rostock has accompanied the unique growth of AIDA Cruises in various management positions of increasing responsibility for more than 15 years.

    Eichhorn started his career at AIDA Cruises in 1999 with a dual studies program. In the following years, he held a wide variety of positions on board and on shore before assuming responsibility for sales and yield management of AIDA Cruises and Costa in Germany as Senior Vice President Sales, Yield Management & Flight Operation in 2013.

    In May 2014, Eichhorn was appointed chairman of the committee Ship of the German Travel Organization (DRV).


    Ann Sherry is currently the Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia. Sherry was appointed CEO of Carnival Australia in July 2007 following a diverse career in banking and public sector. Sherry has played a leadership role in the expansion of the Australian cruise industry including the growth of P&O Cruises’ fleet and the Australian customer base across all Carnival brands. 

    Recruited to Westpac in 1994, Sherry commenced a 13-year career with the organization. Her first eight years with Westpac spanned senior leadership roles within the HR and public affairs functions, and working through key acquisitions (including Challenge Bank and Bank of Melbourne). Sherry's success as Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Melbourne led to her appointment as Chief Executive of the New Zealand and Pacific banking business. Sherry made a powerful impact in the New Zealand operation, resuscitating the brand in business and retail sectors, as well as turning staff morale around and delivering a real and highly visible Westpac presence in a tightly congested, diverse and participant-rich financial services market. 

    In addition to her business contributions, Sherry instituted some major cultural initiatives at Westpac. In particular, Westpac became an industry leader as a result of the paid maternity-leave policy and the focus on women in business. 

    She has also been instrumental in initiating and delivering an internationally renowned CSR program at Westpac. Sherry was awarded a Cententary Medal in 2003 by the Australian Government and then awarded an Order of Australia in 2004.
    Effective Jan. 10, 2022, Marguerite Fitzgerald will assume the dual roles of president of P&O Cruises Australia and president of Carnival Australia, which represents leading cruise brands in the Australian and New Zealand market, including Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises Australia, P&O Cruises World Cruising, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.

    Carnival Australia is part of the world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation & plc, and the industry leader in the region. Three of its cruise lines – P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line – are the only global cruise companies to base ships from Australia year round. Together these brands account for approximately 70% of the Australian and New Zealand cruise passenger market, delivering memorable cruise holiday experiences close to home and further abroad.

    Reporting directly to Jan Swartz, group president of Holland America Group, Fitzgerald will have regional responsibility for managing the shared services group that supports a number of internal and external functions across Carnival Corporation's brands in this market. She will also hold direct responsibility for the P&O Cruises Australia fleet, Australia’s home-grown cruise line.

    Australian-born Fitzgerald is a trusted global authority in the travel and tourism industry with extensive expertise in the worldwide cruise passenger market. She has two decades of strategy and operational experience, most recently serving as the lead for Boston Consulting Group's (BCG) global lodging and leisure practice, as well as its global strategy business.

    Fitzgerald has worked across global geographies developing international strategies for travel and tourism companies, including over 10 years working with cruise lines – including several Carnival Corporation brands – in virtually every area of operations, from commercial to hotel to maritime.

    Prior to her time with BCG, Fitzgerald worked for several years in the Australian power industry.

    Fitzgerald earned a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and electrical engineering from the University of Melbourne. She is a published author and was a leading contributor to BCG’s Travel Insights Portal.


    Christine Duffy is president of Carnival Cruise Line, certified as a Great Place to Work™ and the flagship brand of Miami-based global cruise industry leader Carnival Corp., the world’s largest leisure travel company. As president, she leads a company with a fleet of 24 ships, sailing nearly six million guests annually and employing more than 43,000 people who hail from 110 nations around the globe. Christine has served in this role for nearly seven years, joining the company in 2015 after a successful tenure as president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents the $120 billion global cruise industry.

    Carnival homeports its ships in North America, Europe and Australia and sails to more than 100 destinations in nearly 40 countries. Since joining Carnival, Christine has overseen the introduction of four new ships, most recently the introduction of the line’s most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, which is being followed by Carnival Celebration currently under construction in in Finland and set to debut in 2022, along with a third as-yet-unnamed Excel class vessel to arrive in 2023. These sister ships are leading the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) cruise vessels in North America and feature the first roller coasters at sea.

    The company has been implementing a $2 billion fleet enhancement program, where ships have been refurbished to feature new onboard dining, entertainment and recreation experiences, including the transformation and introduction of Carnival Sunrise, Sunshine, the soon-to-debut Carnival Radiance and the transfer of an additional ship, Magica, from sister brand Costa.

    In 2018, Carnival opened a state-of-the-art Fleet Operations Center at its Miami headquarters that implements technology used by NASA and the U.S. Navy to monitor operations and improve real-time decision-making. Her “people first” business philosophy makes her an accessible and approachable leader as Carnival leverages its commitment to delivering safe, fun and memorable vacations to its millions of guests and growing customer base.

    Christine joined the cruise industry in 2011 when she was named president and CEO of CLIA. While at CLIA, she elevated the industry’s profile before consumers, regulators, industry stakeholders and the media; led the adoption of the Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights to enhance the industry’s commitment to passenger safety, comfort and care; managed the industry response to several high-profile crises; and consolidated a network of 15 cruise industry organizations into one global association.

    Prior to CLIA, Christine spent 10 years at Maritz Travel Company, the world’s largest corporate meeting, events and incentive travel company where she served six years as president and CEO. In this capacity, she worked directly with a variety of Fortune 500 corporations in the automotive, pharmaceutical, financial services and technology sectors.

    Christine is the chair of the U.S. Travel Association, the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. In 2021, she was appointed by the Secretary Commerce to the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board where she serves on the committee on Climate Change. She is a member of the board of directors of Aimbridge Hospitality, the global leader in hotel management services, and Herschend Family Entertainment, the nation’s largest family-owned operator of themed attractions, including Dollywood and Branson’s Silver Dollar City. She sits on the Professional Advisory Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of which Carnival Cruise Line is the official celebration partner.

    Christine has been a strong supporter of women’s leadership in the travel industry, leading initiatives that delivered research and programs to help women advance their careers. She was recently named by Women Leading Travel & Hospitality as one of its top women in travel and hospitality. Christine is also a member of The Committee of 200, an organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders that supports, celebrates and advances women's leadership. She was recognized by Moves magazine as a 2016 Power Women recipient for her work in serving as a role model for future generations of young women. She has also been honored by the Convention Industry Council and the U.S. Coast Guard, among others. Christine was a member of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference class of 2018, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious public liaison program for the Department of Defense.


    David Dingle was appointed Chairman of Carnival UK in October 2014. In this capacity, he has full operating responsibility for the UK-based brands P&O Cruises and Cunard. Prior to this, he served as CEO of Carnival UK from June 2007 to September 2014.

    Dingle joined P&O Cruises (UK) in 1978 where, after holding a series of commercial positions, he became managing director in 2000. At the time of the merger of P&O Princess Cruises plc and the Carnival Corporation in April 2003, he became managing director of Carnival UK.

    Dingle is past chairman of The UK Chamber of Shipping and the European Cruise Council and continues to serve on the boards of both groups. In 2009, he joined the board of the European Community Shipowners Association. He has previously served as a director of the Association of British Travel Agents and The UK Passenger Shipping Association. He is a Younger Brother of Trinity House and was awarded a CBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours.

    Dingle attended Jesus College, Cambridge, where he attained a Master of Arts in Classics.
    Effective October 18, 2021, Sture Myrmell became president of Carnival UK, the UK’s largest cruise operator, overseeing both P&O Cruises and Cunard. In addition, Myrmell will also serve temporarily as president of Cunard during the recruitment for that position, overseeing Cunard’s operations and its fleet of three ships, which includes the world’s only operating ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2.

    Myrmell will be responsible for leading all performance and operational aspects of Carnival UK, reporting to Josh Weinstein, chief operations officer. With more than 20 years of experience at Carnival Corporation, Myrmell serves as a member of the global leadership team for the company and is involved in the development of strategy, policy and operational practices across the business.

    Prior to joining Carnival UK, Myrmell held the dual role of president of P&O Cruises Australia and president of Carnival Australia. From January 2016, he had direct responsibility for the P&O Cruises Australia fleet, Australia’s home-grown cruise line. His remit was expanded in December 2017 when he was appointed president of Carnival Australia with regional responsibility for managing the shared services group that supports a number of internal and external functions across Carnival Corporation’s brands in this market.

    Since 2008, Myrmell has been core to transforming P&O Cruises Australia and its service delivery into a product that truly reflects modern Australia. During his career, he has also been responsible for Commercial, Guest Experience and Product Development for the cruise line’s fleet in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Fleet Personnel department and Hotel Supply Chain.

    Prior to Carnival Australia, Myrmell spent 15 years with Princess Cruises in California and Cunard Line and Seabourn in Florida, covering positions in Food & Beverage, Hotel Operation, Newbuild and Product Development. Myrmell first started his career at sea with Cunard.

    Myrmell was born in Norway and has an innate passion for good food and wine and the pursuit of activities and experiences in the great outdoors. His interest in these areas has also helped shape his professional life in identifying opportunities that can translate to the onboard experience for cruise guests.
    Paul was appointed President, P&O Cruises in 2018. Within his role, Paul is accountable for the revenue delivery and guest experience for P&O Cruises, along with the continued brand development of the UK’s market leading cruise line.

    Previously Managing Director, UK & Europe for Princess Cruises, Paul led commercial operations in the UK and across 16 European offices, tasked with establishing and developing Princess’ largest market outside of North America. During his time in Princess, Paul oversaw initiatives to promote growth across these markets.

    Before his time with Princess, Paul held a number of senior sales and commercial based positions within Carnival UK, encompassing a portfolio of brands including P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard, Swan Hellenic and Ocean Village.


    Michael Thamm is Group CEO, Costa Group & Carnival Asia, responsible for Costa Group, the market leader in Europe, as well as all operations for Carnival Corporation in Asia. In this role, he manages the development of the group’s leading presence in Europe and Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.

    With a career spanning over 30 years in the cruise and shipping industry, he is one of the foremost experts in the cruise sector.

    Since 1993, he has been a key player in developing the cruise market in Germany, positioning AIDA Cruises as the market leader. As president of AIDA Cruises from 2004 to 2012, he initiated a new building program that saw the fleet increase by one vessel each year between 2007 and 2013.

    In 2012, he was appointed group CEO to lead the global business of Costa Group, which includes Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Carnival Maritime. In addition to this role, in January 2017 he was named group CEO, Costa Group and Carnival Asia, further expanding his responsibility.

    In January 2019, he was appointed chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Europe.

    Costa Group, which includes Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises, is the market leader in Europe and China with 27 ships and more than 80,000 berths. The company will add six new ships to its fleet by 2023: four ships for Costa (two for Europe and two for Asia) and two ships for AIDA. Costa Group is part of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest leisure travel company.
    Mario Zanetti was named President of Costa Cruises in March 2021, reporting directly to Michael Thamm, Group CEO, Costa Group & Carnival Asia. In his role of President, he oversees the Costa brand across the world, including Asia, with the aim of guiding Costa to strengthen its leadership in Europe, South America and Asia, and ensure profitable and sustainable growth in the long term.

    A veteran in the cruise sector with over 20 years of industry experience, Zanetti began his career in 1999, when he joined Costa Revenue Management unit based in Genoa headquarters, which he brought to excellence over the years. In 2017 he was named President of Costa Asia, where he demonstrated great leadership capabilities, promoting important innovations in Costa’s local business. Since July 2020 he has been back in Genoa to take also the position of Chief Commercial Officer of Costa Cruises, showing sharp decision-making skills and vision during these challenging months.

    Zanetti studied maritime economy at University of Genoa and completed his executive education by attending general management programs at Insead Business School.


    Jan Swartz’ role is expanded to Group President, Holland America Group. Her responsibilities include oversight of Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and P&O Australia, as well as Holland America Princess Alaska Tours and intergroup operations.

    Jan Swartz was promoted in 2016 to the role of group president of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia, responsible for shared services for Carnival Corporation.

    Swartz was appointed president of Princess Cruises in November 2013, after more than 15 years working with the cruise line. Prior to this, she served as executive vice president overseeing the line’s sales, marketing and customer service operations, a position she held since 2009. In this role, she directed many of the line’s key departments including domestic and international sales, global marketing and public relations, commercial planning, yield management and customer service for both consumers and retail business partners (travel agents). She has been at the forefront of the industry in developing innovative educational programs, like the award-winning Princess Academy and business-building tools for travel agents like

    Previously, Swartz served as senior vice president of sales and customer service for both Princess and sister brand Cunard, beginning in 2004. In 2001 she was appointed vice president of strategy and business development, and worked on the P&O Princess acquisition by Carnival Corporation.

    Additionally, Swartz is president of the Princess Cruises Community Foundation, a non-profit public benefit corporation that provides financial and in-kind support to charity and relief organizations. In this role, she guides the foundation’s mission that serves to touch the lives of the people in the destinations the cruise line visits, the places where employees are from and through education and perseveration of natural and historical global landmarks by responding to disaster relief and supporting global communities’ local health and welfare efforts.

    Swartz holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and English from the University of Virginia.

    She and her husband live in the Los Angeles area with their two daughters.


    Gustavo (Gus) Antorcha serves as president of Holland America Line, leading the award-winning, premium cruise line known for immersive, authentic shipboard and shoreside experiences. Antorcha oversees Holland America Line’s sales and marketing, revenue management, deployment and itinerary planning, public relations, guest services operations and strategic planning. 
    Prior to joining Holland America Line, Antorcha was chief operating officer at Carnival Cruise Line, where he worked for nine years. During that time, he also held positions as executive vice president, guest services, responsible for onboard operations; and senior vice president, guest commerce. 
    Antorcha first came to Carnival in 2010 from Boston Consulting Group, a global strategy and management consulting firm, where he was a partner and managing director focused on clients in the travel and leisure industries. He graduated magna cum laude with distinction from Duke University and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 


    John Padgett is the president of Princess Cruises and chief experience & innovation officer for Carnival Corporation.

    Appointed in October 2021 as president of one of Carnival Corporation’s most iconic cruise line brands, Padgett oversees all performance and operational functions of Princess Cruises and its global fleet of 14 ships sailing cruise guests to nearly 400 destinations around the world annually. He reports directly to Jan Swartz, group president of Holland America Group.

    Since July 2014, Padgett has served as chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation, responsible for guest experience innovation, development, creation and operations integration, and continues to lead the corporation’s innovation unit.

    Specifically for the Princess Cruises brand, Padgett has been a key player in the development and implementation of the Princess MedallionClass® experience delivering a more personalized, simplified and connected onboard experience for all guests and crew that is now available on the entire Princess fleet. This includes the creation and development of the award-winning Medallion® wearable device and the enabling OCEAN® platform that enhances and personalizes the overall cruise experience ranging from world-class dining and beverages, entertainment and spas to on-shore excursions, merchandise and hotel guest services.

    Prior to becoming chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation, Padgett worked for 18 years with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts where he spearheaded the invention, development and implementation of guest engagement innovations that include the MagicBand, FastPass+ and Disney’s Magical Express, among others.

    Padgett earned a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Tech and holds dozens of patents and multiple innovation awards.


    Josh Leibowitz became President of Seabourn in June, 2020.  Reporting to Stein Kruse, Group CEO of Holland America Group and Carnival UK, Leibowitz’s responsibilities include oversight of all aspects of the ultra-luxury brand’s operations, including revenue management, deployment and itinerary planning, hotel operations, and sales and marketing. 

    Josh Leibowitz joined Carnival Corporation & plc in 2013 as chief strategy officer and was also named senior vice president, Cunard North America in December 2016, where his additional responsibilities include leading Cunard's North America operations to further expand the brand’s presence.

    As Chief Strategy Officer, he oversaw cross-brand activities to set and deliver the company's strategy including: guest insights, revenue management and science innovation, coordinated deployment planning, and strategic sourcing.

    Previously he served as managing partner of the Miami office of the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., and as a leader in the firm’s work in big data and digital sales and marketing.